The Movies That Made Me
with your hosts Josh Olson & Joe Dante
Filmmaker Tom Gormican discusses his favorite films featuring… Nicolas Cage.
Movies Referenced In This Episode
The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent (2022)
A History Of Violence (2005)
Lord of War (2005)
The Weather Man (2005)
Moonstruck (1987) – Glenn Erickson’s Criterion Blu-ray review
Vampire’s Kiss (1988)
Con Air (1997)
Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
Jerry Maguire (1996)
Raising Arizona (1987)
Wild At Heart (1990) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
The Wizard Of Oz (1939) – John Badham’s trailer commentary
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)
The Wicker Man (1973) – Mick Garris’s trailer commentary
The Wicker Man (2006)
Being John Malkovich (1999) – Marshall Harvey’s trailer commentary
The Family Man (2000)
Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009) – Josh Olson’s trailer commentary
The Rock (1996) – Alex Kirschenbaum’s review
Operation Mad Ball (1957)
Bell, Book and Candle (1958) – Sam Hamm’s trailer commentary, Randy Fuller’s wine pairings
Valley Girl (1983) – Karyn Kusama’s trailer commentary, Glenn Erickson’s Blu-ray review
National Treasure (2004)
Other Notable Items
Our pals at Movies Unlimited
The Panos Cosmatos podcast episode
The Michael Sarnoski and Vanessa Block podcast episode
The WGA West
The Academy Awards
The Coen Brothers
The Cannes Film Festival
Game of Thrones TV series (2011-2019)
Narcos TV series (2015-2017)
David Gordon Green
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
Our pals at Movies Unlimited!
The Daniel Waters podcast episodes
The Orchid Thief by Susan Orlean (1998)
Francis Ford Coppola
About the Podcast
Filmmakers and entertainers discuss the movies that inspired them. Hosted by Oscar nominated screenwriter and TFH Guru Josh Olson and TFH Fearless Leader Joe Dante.
The Movies That Made Me is recorded live in Hollywood and engineered by film composer Don Barrett.
About The Hosts
Josh Olson was the only student in his second grade class to see The House That Dripped Blood. Many years later, he wrote and directed the no-budget horror film, INFESTED, a brutal assault on The Big Chill, with zombies. He went on to write the screenplay for A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE and was nominated for the WGA, BAFTA and Academy Awards for Best Screenplay. He kept losing to Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana, but that’s okay.
He has written features and TV shows with Harlan Ellison, Walter Hill, Slash, Willie Nelson, and Mick Jagger. His Village Voice essay “I Will Not Read Your Fucking Script” became an internet phenomenon, getting upwards of five million hits.
The ten-part audio drama BRONZEVILLE which he wrote, starring Laurence Fishburne, Larenz Tate, Tracee Ellis Ross, Omari Harwicke and Tika Sumpter was a popular and critical hit, and is currently being developed for TV. He and John Brancato (THE GAME) recently wrote and sold the feature spec TRIGGER WARNING, which is being produced by Thunder Road.
Joe Dante is a director known for his satirical blend of horror and comedy viewed through the lens of grounded, relatable American life. his career in film began as a movie critic at age 12. A few years later, he conspired with Jon Davison to produce The Movie Orgy, an experimental exploration of ‘50s pop culture that metamorphosed into a hit phenomenon bringing Dante to college campus showings nationwide.
Soon after, he followed Jon to Hollywood where he edited trailers for producer Roger Corman before co-directing his first feature, Hollywood Boulevard. His first solo film, Piranha, successfully kickstarted his legendary career with titles like The Howling, Gremlins, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace, and more.
Joe’s dedication to preserving the history of cinema and his near encyclopedic knowledge of movies led to the creation of Trailers From Hell, a web series offering viewers a brief history lesson of movies discussed through their respective trailers.